Fundamentals Question #55


Which statement made by a client after ear irrigation indicates understanding of post- procedure instructions?


  1. “It is best if I lie on the affected side to allow for drainage.”
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  2. “It is best if I sleep on my stomach”
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  3. “I always sleep on my back and I’m going to continue doing so.”
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  4. “I can lie on the unaffected side for comfort.”
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The correct option is A. It is best for the client to lie on the affected side after the irrigation to allow drainage to flow. It is not best to sleep on the stomach after irrigation. Stating the plan to sleep on the back shows noncompliance with the plan of care. Sleeping on the unaffected side demonstrates a lack of understanding about the need for the ear to drain.

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